The New Haven School of African Drum and Dance welcomed the crowd.
N'Kosi Oates, M.A.R ’17, a graduate assistant at the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, served as host for the evening.
Dean of Yale College Jonathan Holloway introduces Diane Nash.
Shades of Yale sang a rendition of "We Shall Overcome" ...
... that featured a reading of Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise" by Idonia Thomas, a member of the Class of 2017 at Common Ground High School in New Haven.
Diane Nash is a former student activist and co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
Oates and Nash in conversation.
At the conclusion of her talk Nash fielded questions from the audience ...
... and received a standing ovation.
Pictured (from left) graduate student N'Kosi Oates, Dean Jonathan Holloway, Diane Nash, Yale President Peter Salovey, Yale Secretary and Vice President for Student Life Kimberly Goff-Crews, and Risë Nelson, director of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale and chair of the MLK 2017 Planning Committee.
Diane Nash, a pioneer of the civil rights movement, offered the keynote address for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr.' celebration. Her talk was titled “Courage, Conflict, and Creative Maladjustment: Speaking Truth to Power Across Generations.”